Blue Sky Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gulangyu International Youth Hostel Xiamen
It has been a positive experience from our first email to Janice to our final goodbye to Tony the manager.
Janice patiently guided us through our many questions and concerns that we bombarded her with on a daily basis. When we started we were pretty apprehensive (we were going to Mexico for a wedding), and by the time we flew out we were feeling very confident.
We couldn't check in when we arrived as Tony was busy, so we went for some lunch at the Casa Cenote 50 m away. Very yummy. Their nachos are a meal to split between two people. You can ask for extra guacamole for free!
Although the wait was a bit frustrating, even the standard room where we stayed was all dressed up for us. Not only were there the usual swan/towel arrangement with flowers, but there was creative tissue origami work throughout the bathroom too! The room itself is beautiful with a stained-glass window, huge sliding doors viewing the beach & ocean, artwork and a recessed ceiling painted like the sky. We actually just laid in our very comfortable bed and admired it for half an hour.
You have complete remote-control over your air conditioning and it was nice to have a bar fridge to cool our water bottles before heading out for the day.
Enjoy the beach, the ocean and the cenote. In the evening you can watch the stars come out and if you lay in the hammock or lawn chairs quietly, the hermit crabs will walk right past you as they explore the sand. An evening swim in the cenote is magical.
Tony went out of his way to help us pack our hammocks for the flight home. He also makes a very yummy shimp pasta. We would return!
Beautifully appointed room, right down (or up) to the blue sky painted vaulted ceiling. Supremely comfortable bedding, excellent shower with ample hot water and pressure. Lovely location; you are truly right on the beach. Quality of snorkeling from shore will depend on weather and your sensibilities. It is rocky and shallow for a ways out, so access is tricky. We had windy conditions, which made for poor water clarity, but there was a lot to be seen. There is no longer a buoy to tie up to with the hotel kayaks, so you have to swim out, being mindful of the currents. Across the street, snorkeling in the cenote was amazing! Not only did we see myriads of fish, but on a snorkel near sunset we found ourselves close to birds coming in to roost; a green-backed heron actually jumped into the water with us and two white-fronted parrots flew over us. Food at the hotel restaurant was well-prepared and delicious, but the menu is limited, so if you need many choices, be prepared to go out. Breakfast was to our taste--fresh fruit plate with yogurt and granola, toast and coffee. We did find it a bit off-putting that we were expected to pay for our dinners every night instead of at the end of our stay, particularly when the restaurant got busy one night and we waited forever for our check. I would say this is an example of the "eccentric" nature referred to in earlier reviews, but all in all, our requests were cheefully fulfilled and we truly enjoyed our 4-night stay.
Tranquil little place
I couldn't agree more with the review by A TripAdvisor User, Charlotte, NC. Pretty much exactly what I would have written about the Blue Sky. Yes it is quirky and the Italian manager is eccentric to say the least but the rooms are lovely and well decorated and are kept nice and clean. We too stayed in a Junior Suite - I would recommend for the extra room - with a terrace facing right on to the beach.There is a small Italian restaurant run by the eccentric caretaker - good food - but also some really good places in Tulum (Don Cafeto for great breakfasts and authentic Mexican food, Zamas at Tulum beach also nice although slightly pretentious!) - and next door Casa Cenote not bad. I would recommend car hire since it would be a bit tricky without one.The Cenote behind the hotel is beautiful for swimming in. Beach is rocky so not so good - although very beautiful - loads of Pelicans etcAll in all a great little place for a relaxing break. We stayed 8 days and then went on to Maroma for another week (I have also reviewed this). Would definately return.Finally - a trip to the Sian K'aan reserve is a must - get Toni at the hotel to organise it for you.
We recently stayed at Blue Sky. It really is a lovely place to go and get away, while avoiding the "resort" world of Cancun. We stayed in one of the Junior Suites and it had a nice amount of room and was "done" very tastefully. There are some quirky things about staying at Blue Sky, or any of the hotels in the Tulum (lower Riviera Maya) areas, but you do have to set your expectations correctly for the area you are visiting. If you are really intense and have a service expectation that is rarely met wherever you go --- it won't be met here either.
We would go back, since it is among the nicest places to stay in this part of the Riviera Maya.
Waking up to the sound of the gentle waves through our screen door each day was fabulous and snorkeling in the Tankah Bay was really pretty decent. Swimming in the Cenote next door was pretty cool. The restaurant at Casa Cenote was also a great place to have a few margaritas or Coronas and watch the water.
Visions of Tranquility
Stepping out of our rental Jeep, I immediately felt a tremendous sense of relaxation and tranquility. The mile we drove off of 307 seemed to put light years between us and the highway. A few guests had just check out and were gathered around the centrally located Restaurant saying their goodbyes - all had smiles on their faces, and all had kind words for us. They remarked on what a wonderful place the Blue Sky is and how we were going to love it there.
Boy were they right!
I have never seen the attention to detail thats been put into every aspect of the Blue Sky anywhere else. Each room is exquisitely decorated incorporating some very unique pieces and an authentic Mayan bas-releif, hand carved and signed by it's artist. Looking around at the various pieces of furniture in each room, you can tell they were obviously hand picked from the finest available, simply gorgeous. Each room has a jaw dropping view of Blue Sky's immaculate white sand beach, the bottom floor patrons can walk from their room right out onto the sand, the top floor patrons have an awe inspiring balcony vista of the entire surrounding area. Being able to sit up in bed and see the ocean is something I don't think I could enough of. DC has a way of making you forget what oceans look like...
At night, the sense of tranqulity is even more pronounced. If you're lucky like we were, you'll see a giant Blue Heron moon bathing under a full moon and fishing 20 feet from where you relax on the beach. If you hear any noise above the braking waves, it's most likely going to be your soul begging you to never leave this place...
Another thing about the Blue Sky that stands out in my mind would have to be the help. Mariana, the Hotel manager, is a wonderful person, always smiling (wouldn't you be if you lived there?) and almost always on site and available to help. She was able to offer information on local restaurants, souvenir shops, cenotes and other information about the area, always with a warm, friendly smile.
We were fortunate enough to eat at the quaint open air Italian restaurant located on site and were surprised by Marco, our waiter, serenading us with Mexican love songs while we ate an amazing assortment of fresh seafood, exquisitely prepared and wonderfully presented. It was a night I will NEVER forget.
My only regret was not being able to spend more time at the Blue Sky.
It's an amazing place, and my next trip to the Yucatan will include an extended stay at the Blue Sky.
Wonderful Blue Sky Casitas
I just returned from a week in the Yucatan -- we spent 3 nights at Blue Sky and I didn't want to leave it! You can't ask for a more beautiful or tranquil setting, but with lots to do nearby. We had a suite with a HUGE balcony overlooking the ocean. When we arrived there were fresh flowers in the room -- in fact, the word "bienvenidos" was actually spelled out in petals on the bed! Besides the kayaks there for the guests' use, there's a cenote right across the street which was amazing. Just down the road are the ruins at Tulum and a little further is Coba. It was just so relaxing and beautiful. The management was wonderful. Mariana and Eduardo went out of their way to assist us with whatever we needed. We had a great meal at the restaurant, and there are some other places to dine locally as well. The entire experience was exceptional --- I can't wait to return!
I noticed that one of the other reviewers had a horrible experience, but my wife and I stayed there for three nights on our honeymoon during the first week of August and we had the time of our lives! Sure, one of the kayaks had a sloooow leak, but the other one didn't. Besides when you put a kayak in the water and water leaks in then should you still take it out??? The property manager was the most generous and helpfull person we met during our two week honeymoon. Also, Tony, the resident Italian chef was beyond awesome. If someone had a bad time at the hotel it had to be that person's problem because we had a spectacular time!
Also, the cenote behind the hotel is soooo refreshing.
Management change Nov. 2002 - a great new addtion to Blue Sky Hotel
Hola,Blue Sky Hotel takes pride in offering a tranquil, luxury atmosphere with all the little quirks you deserve on your vacation. We did a complete management change in November 2002 for the exact reasons mentioned above in another review. Mariana and Eduardo are newly weds and the most worderful, helpful people - we are very lucky to have them on board. As reservation manager - I recieve emails all the time from clients once they get back home from there vacation - about this great couple and the services supplied at Blue Sky.Warm RegardsJanice SpateReservation ManagerBlue Sky Hotel
The worst experience I have ever had
The Blue Sky was the worst experience I have ever had in Mexico. I have traveled all over Mexico and stayed in some very budget places. The Blue Sky was going to be a luxury experience; air conditioning, kayacks, pretty etc. The place was very pretty. However, there were nasty bugs in the room, the manager wouldn't turn on the air conditioner, took the kayack out; turned out it had a hole and overturned me on a sharp rock, the manager was verbally abusive. I complained to the management company and they did not offer to refund any money. This was August 2002. Maybe its different now. I wouldn't bet on it.
Wonderful experience at Blue Sky
The managers at Blue Sky, Mariana and Eduardo,were very friendly, warm and accommodating.The restaurant has a very good chef, Tony, with an Italian flare. All of his dishes were very fresh and tasty. Upon our arrival to our suite we were greeted with fresh cut flowers, beautiful furnishings, ans the most comfortable bed I have slept in. The mattresses had a memory foam pad. The towels were folded in the shape of swans and everthing was very clean. The housekeepers must love their jobs.We snorkled, kayaked and rode bikes, and went to the town of Tulum and the very nice beaches there. We also went to nearby Puerto Aventuras to swim with the dolphins and to Playa del Carmen and took the ferry to Cozumel for a day trip. WE had a fantastick week. You can make Blue Sky as busy or as restful as you want. We definately go back. I still crave Tony's fresh fish!
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Next stop: Cozumel island for some more scuba diving!
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